I just found out that I have been exposed to COVID. It may not be the first time, but it's the first time I've been aware of an exposure. Last Wednesday, I had my hair done. My hairdresser is amazing and I've gone to her for years. I always leave my hair appointments feeling like a new person.
Safety Protocols In Place
And she's been following safety procedures for herself as well. As a breast cancer survivor, she's at a higher risk and so she's been avoiding most enclosed places and large gatherings.
And that's the awful truth about this insidious virus. It can make its way in, even with the strictest adherence to safety protocol.
Should I Be Worried That I Have COVID?
I'm thankful that she notified me as soon as she knew so I can be mindful of my behavior as well. The last thing I want to do is unknowingly spread it to someone else.
I am absolutely not worried about the possibility of contracting the virus. Not because I think it won't happen, but because I've taken all reasonable precautions. If I do end up with it, I'll look to God for healing. I think very few people are actually fearful of getting the virus and their resolve to wear masks and take other precautions is showing respect for others rather than fear for themselves.
Respect for Others
Likewise, I feel that wearing a mask in public and limiting groups of people that I'm with to 10 or less is more a sign of respect for others than protection for myself. I would feel horrible if I unknowingly passed the virus on to someone else and so I have modified those little things to help protect them.
I mean, really, what other simple actions can show more love than that?
Sense of Community
And so it is with each of us. We are all part of a community, whether it be at work or church or our neighborhood or even just our family. Jesus wants us to care for the members of our community. Wearing a mask or isolating if exposed to the virus (as I will be for the next several days) is one way we can care for the members of our community.
I pray that you all stay safe from any harm and continue to grow in God's grace.
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